Birthdays are not fun. They are supposed to be entertaining, but, in reality, parents spend too much time trying to plan and organize a perfect party and they end up exhausted, overwhelmed and not enjoying the party. Take any parent and they will tell you that while they are striving to give the best to their kids, the process leaves them tired and dreading the next year birthday.
Party planning is frustrating, there is no doubt about that. But before the planning phase even starts you need to spend an enormous amount of time researching and visualizing ideas. If creativity is your natural state of mind, the idea generation should not be difficult. If you are an analytical thinker though, coming up with kids birthday party ideas can turn into a nightmare.
So how do you come up with that amazing party idea for your kid? Well, first of all you need to understand how the creative process works. Creativity is basically a process of connecting the dots, or existing pieces of information, in order to come up with something novel, exciting and beautiful. What does it mean for kids birthday party planning? It means that you need to scour resources before your brain can create something similar, but different. Another option for landing on the idea is to give up creativity altogether and simply borrow the idea from someone else. After all, thousands of parties are being held each year and certainly, someone already hosted a party of your dream, that you can replicate.
Here are the main resources you can look at when looking for birthday party ideas for kids:
Pinterest is the go-to reference guide for any creative person. Designers, photographers, artists, bloggers, and entrepreneurs use Pinterest to gather existing references. The visual nature of this social media channel allows you to look at the pictures and imagine that perfect party.
Create a separate board for your party, run a search for kids party ideas and start pinning all images you like to your new board. 15 to 20 images are enough for a start. Once it is done, you can sort the images that you picked, delete the ones you find inappropriate and delve deeper into most lucrative ideas. In the end, you should arrive at your perfectly organized board that will serve your inspiration for the party. See if you can generate more ideas based on all the pictures that you gathered and if not just use the board as a base for party decorations list.
Another popular visual resource for inspiration. While Instagram curation functionality is not as advanced as Pinterest you can still make use of their Explore function. You can also research ideas by typing #kidsparty and related hashtags into the search bar. Popular family oriented and mothers’ blogs would usually have Instagram accounts that you can follow too.
It is not as easy to organize visuals in Instagram as it is on Pinterest, but their suggestions technology works wonders. You might have way too many completely unrelated ideas in your feed, but there is beauty in this lack of structure too – creativity really thrives on connecting unrelated concepts and ideas together.
3. Online Blogs
Every blogger focused on family and raising kids have written about party planning at one point. Bloggers also do compilation blog posts, where they introduce other blogs or combine ideas from different places and blogs into one article. These are a great source of inspiration.
Set aside an hour to research the blogs, and while you are at it, don’t try to come up with an idea just yet. Try to focus on information intake rather than idea generation. Then, after you are done, set the task aside and go for a walk or do some other unrelated task. You will see how the idea and the vision of the party start shaping up in your mind following the extensive research that you did.
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5. Get inspired by the city’s attractions and venues
The city is a constant source of inspiration. Singapore, especially, has so much to offer: from vast green parks to indoor kids playgrounds and other party venues. Have a look at the city guides, who usually have good advice for struggling first-time party planners. The newspapers and magazines are also good resources to look at. Time Out magazine provides valuable advice and curates events and activities happening in the city. These articles are generally trustworthy, offer truthful reviews and tips from the experts.
Check out online magazines and city guides for articles created around kids party topics. Also, see our Ultimate Guide To Kids Activities in Singapore for some additional ideas and inspiration.
6. Check kids birthday party planners websites
Aside from being a service provider kids party planners offer a lot of content on themes and decorations. You can even take look at their offered packages, see if you like any of the themes and try to replicate them. Kids party planners are industry professionals so, surely, they know which theme gets the kids excited and what activities are most popular.
And who knows, maybe in your research process you will find your perfect party planner who you can trust. It is always good to have someone on your side: you can bounce ideas off each other and the knowledge and expertise that party planners bring to the table are invaluable.
7. Online party supplies stores
Have a look at some of the party supplies stores. When you are trying to come up with ideas it is good to know what’s possible and what’s not. The assortment at the online party supplies stores is vast and can overwhelm even the most experienced kids party planner. However, when you look at all the items that those stores offer, your mind starts connecting the dots and you start imagining things you can create with all those beautiful canvases, beads, garlands and party hats.
Browse the online store, see all the items and visualize decorations you can create. Then add all the items you like to your shopping cart and revisit the full list again. You don’t have to buy all the items from one supplier but by going through this process you will have the list of all party supplies needed.
8. Look at the calendar and note popular celebration dates
We sometimes don’t realize it, but public holidays and celebrations fall onto birthday days or happen around the same period of time. In such a case you can have two parties in one! For example, during Valentine’s day week you can decorate your birthday party venue in romantic pinkish colors and bake heart shaped cookies. Combining two occasions will make guests appreciate the party even more.
See if there are any public celebrations around your kid’s birthday date. Even if the two occasions are more than three weeks apart this way of generating ideas is worth exploring.
9. Group brainstorm
Parents assume that if their kid is having a birthday then they alone are responsible for the party. But party planning can be a fun community and family experience too. If your children are old enough they will voice their opinion on what kind of party they want. Don’t discharge other family members and friends’ opinions either. Take time to hear their preferences and concerns – they might offer valuable insights and help with organizational matters too.
Create an email survey and send it out to your guests. Make sure to tell your guests that their input is important and will help you organize a party of a lifetime. Ask your guests what theme and activities they would like to see at the party. People love to co-create things and events. The desire to be helpful is so strong, that you will surely get a plethora of responses and ideas.
Inspiration and creative ideas come to us when our minds wander. But before the idea dawns upon you, you need to conduct a thorough research. In this respect, creativity is similar to gardening. You first prepare the soil, plant the seeds, water and cater for the soil and then your efforts conjure up beautiful flowers. Same goes for creativity. Once you’ve done your research, the ideas for the party will come flowing, and your kid will be amazed at how creative and resourceful his parent can be.
Polliwogs offers an easy, hassle free birthday party bookings. Just choose your preferred venue, decide on the date and select a theme from amazing ready made party packages, add creative details and you are good to go. Your dream party will come to live exactly how you imagined it.